How to create your own cloud based web server

As many of you are aware, there are a lot of cheap, reliable and trustworthy hosting sites out there that provide you with everything you need to get your website up and running in minutes (it may be empty but it’s up and running) – but have you ever wanted to host your own website/s?

Cloud based web hosting server

If you’re like me you have heard nothing but cloud this and cloud that for years now but never really did anything except read posts and articles about it. Today (14th November 2014) is the day I took the plunge and created my first cloud based web server.

There are many cloud solutions you can choose from, Amazon AWS, Google, etc. I had a look at a few options and in the end I have to give credit to Digital Ocean, they made the process very easy.

Go to their site and sign up. They give you options for hardware configurations you may want to use, including which OS and also some base application options to get you up and running. The experience lasted all of 44 seconds for me (it says 55 seconds on their website) but it was worth it – I can now say that I have a cloud based web hosting server.

I went with the basic specifications, 512MB ram, 1 CPU, 20GB SSD and 1000GB transfer. I then selected my hosting country, selected my Image (Linux OS) and on another tab I selected WordPress and that was it – go to the bottom of the page and click on “Create Droplet”. Now I have a server.

This all sounds lovely but what do I do now?

Yes – I have a server but I need to change the default passwords and configure it to run WordPress.  (The next step in this process is coming soon – before 22-11-2014).

I highly recommend reading their ‘how to’ articles. Play around with the server, use test data, try widgets, configurations, plugins and if you mess it up you can just delete it and start again.

What next …?

Well for me the plan is to host a website. I am currently designing a website for a client, and I was originally planning to go to a hosting service to do this as I have in the past. But I need to get with the times. Now I have my own cloud based web server. I still think it’s cool to say “I have a presence in the cloud” – it’s almost as cool as Darth Vader saying he felt “A tremor in the force”.

Now back to the design project. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

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